Northwestern's Department of Education Allocates $50,000 in Scholarships

August 16, 2021

Northwestern Oklahoma State University officials are allocating $50,000 in scholarships for teacher candidates who enter the classroom within the secondary and special education areas. 

This allocation came from additional funds received from Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSHRE) that allowed Northwestern to retain personnel while providing additional dollars toward scholarships. 

“The intent of this money is to support the initiatives for high need areas,” Dr. Christee Jenlink, assistant dean of education, said. “There are tremendous teacher shortages within all secondary areas and special education.”  

Upon admittance into the teacher education program, a student will receive a $500 scholarship  the following semester. For example, if a student were to be admitted into the program in the fall 2021 semester, the $500 scholarship would be applied during the spring 2022 semester. When the same student enters their pre-professional semester, the student will be awarded another $1,000.  

“We hope to encourage students to choose a career in teaching and to better support them in their journey to the classroom,” Jenlink said. “Northwestern creates effective educators, and these funds allow us to help students in these high need areas.” 

OSHRE also offers the Future Teachers Scholarship for teacher candidates who teach in the state of Oklahoma for three consecutive years after graduation and licensure, which would be additional money with the Northwestern scholarship.  

Another unique aspect to Northwestern’s scholarship program is the funds set aside for transfer students who come to Northwestern as teacher candidates in the high need areas.  

For more information about Northwestern’s teacher education program and scholarship allocation, contact Jenlink at or (580) 327-8478. For more information about OSHRE’s Future Teacher Scholarship program, visit



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